The media this week have proven how culpable they are in exacerbating the health crisis in America. “Pour on the olive oil: Big study finds Mediterranean-style diet cuts heart attack, stroke risk.” shouted a headline on the Global TV News website. The article went on to say/lie, “Consuming more than four tablespoons a day can significantly lower your risk of having a heart attack…” “Stock up on olive oil and nuts!!” a CNN talking head squealed. What are we, squirrels?
In case you have been under a rock, an article was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine claiming that a Mediterranean diet is much more effective than a “low-fat diet” in preventing cardiovascular disease. No one in the media bothered to really dig deep into the study, everyone was too eager to tell everyone that they can feel good about pouring on the olive oil. The actual thing that makes the Mediterranean diet healthy, VEGETABLES, NOT being talked about.
Turns out the control group were not even on a low-fat diet. All the hype about olive oil being beneficial was bullshit. If you haven’t already you can read some wonderful responses by low-fat diet advocates; Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. John McDougal and Jeff Novick RD.
I know many important and intelligent people in the vegan movement tout the Mediterranean diet. They need for olive oil to be beneficial because olive oil makes a plant-based diet more palatable. I can understand that. But olive oil is not good for you and that’s the truth. These same people talk about how we need to be honest in our advocacy. So why aren’t they being honest about olive oil?
What a scary thought if we did what some in the media are suggesting and consume more than 1/4 cup of olive oil a day. How is adding 70 grams of fat and 600 calories to our diet going to be beneficial? If you want to see what olive oil can do to your health, check out my latest blog entry, my before pic, I poured on the olive oil. If olive oil were that beneficial don’t you think I should have looked like my after picture?